The Courier-Mail

Jeb Bush to make it official

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WASHINGTON: Former Florida governor Jeb Bush has said he will decide on entering the 2016 presidenti­al race soon after his trip to Eu- rope next week.

Mr Bush has been n campaignin­g andd fundraisin­g for r months and the political world would be e shocked if he did not enter the Republican­n nomination race. Republican Senator

Rand Paul will now lapse. The House Bill, backed by the White House, extends those two provisions unchanged, while remaking the bulk collection program over six months by giving phone companies the job of retaining records the government could search with a warrant. But with the Senate yet to act on protecting or reforming critical counter terror elements, Senator McConnell called for a rare Sunday session to thrash out a solution.

But Senator

Paul, whoh wants nts the entire bulk data provision scrapped and does not support the reform Bill, stood in the way.

With the clock ticking, CIA chief John Brennan warned that allowing vital surveillan­ce programs to lapse could increase terror threats, and argued that the phone metadata dragnet has not abused civil liberties and safeguards citizens. “This is something that we can’t afford to do right now,” he said of allowing the counterter­rorism provisions to expire..

The brother of former president George W. Bush and son of president George H.W. Bush said he had checked with hishi wife and children andan they were “totally all in”. He added: “I hopeho I run. I hope, I ho hope, I’m a candidate i in the near future.”

Mr Bush (pictured) wi will visit Poland, Esto tonia and Germany du during his trip.

 ??  ?? STALEMATE: Senator Rand Paul (top right) at the US Capitol on the weekend singlehand­edly blocked The White House’s measures on counterter­rorism. Picture: Getty Images/AFP
STALEMATE: Senator Rand Paul (top right) at the US Capitol on the weekend singlehand­edly blocked The White House’s measures on counterter­rorism. Picture: Getty Images/AFP
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